Boeing 747 is a large, wide airplane first introduced by the Pan am on 22 January 1970. The first Boeing 747 had four landing gear and wheel bogies each and was able to fly at 900 km/h. This airplane was created to tackle congestion as increasing the number of planes was not the solution.
That’s why Pan am asked Boeing to create this large plane. The first series of Boeing 747 was 747-100 and designed to carry 366 passengers. It took 50000 employees and almost 29 months to complete the first 747. The first flight was on 7 February 1969. It was the world’s first double-decker plane.
So, How Much Does A Boeing 747 Weigh?
Boeing 747 is big and heavy. Fully loaded Boeing 747-400 weighs around 875,000 pounds or 396,893 kg. When empty it weighs 403,500 pounds or 183,024 kg.
Normally there are two types of weight available for Boeing 747 and they are maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and empty operating weight (OEW).
Lightest variant of the 747 series is 747SP. Its MTOW is 700,000 pounds (320.0 tons) and OEW is 337,100 pounds (152.9 tons)
The Boeing 747-100 has MTOW of 735,000 pounds (333.0 tons) and OEW is 379,500 pounds (172.1 tons).
The Boeing 747-200 has MTOW 833,000 pounds (378.0 tons) and OEW is 384,000 pounds (174.0 tons).
The Boeing 747-300 has MTOW 833,000 pounds (378.0 tons) and OEW is 404,600 pounds (183.5 tons).
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As OEW of an aircraft varies depending on the type of engines and passenger and cargo version. Overall depending on this variant, a Boeing 747 aircraft’s weight is anywhere between 337,100 pounds (152.9 tons) and 485,300 pounds (220.1 tons) when empty. And maximum take-off weight is between 700,000 pounds (320.0 tons) and 987,000 pounds (447.7 tons)
The Boeing 747 airplane is very much popular and has currently flown more than 3.5 billion people as of this article’s publishing date.
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>>In 1991 Boeing 747-400 carried 1088 people on a single flight which was a world record then.